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Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate, Wed 30 Sep 1885 1

NEWCASTLE POLICE COURT.
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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29.
(Before Mr J Mair, PM, and Mr W Shaw, JP.)


    A DISGUSTING CASE—Henry Montgomery, a man of a most forbidding aspect, was charged, under the 59 section of the Criminal Law Amendment Act, with bestiality. Ralph Kitson, a night watchman, gave evidence as to finding the prisoner in a yard at the rear of the premises of a Mr T Woodbine, Lower Church-street, where a dog was kept, at an early hour yesterday morning. The witness detailed particulars of the offence. The case was adjourned till to-day for the attendance of another witness.

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Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate, Thu 1 Oct 1885 2

NEWCASTLE POLICE COURT.
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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30.
(Before Mr J Mair, PM.)


    BESTIALITY.—The hearing of the case against the man Henry Montgomery, charged with bestiality, was continued at the City Police Court yesterday, before Mr J Mair, PM. The case had been adjourned from Tuesday, for the production of a witness. The magistrate committed the prisoner for trial. The case was heard with closed doors.

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The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Thu 15 Oct 1885 3

MAITLAND CIRCUIT COURT.
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The Circuit Court will begin its sittings at East Maitland on Saturday morning, at 10 o’clock (not Friday, as previously announced) before His Honor Sir William Manning. Mr CG Heydon is the Crown Prosecutor. Following is a list of cases in which the accused are in gaol awaiting their trial:

    William Spruce, stealing from the person; Newcastle bench.
    George Wandell, stealing from the person, Newcastle bench.
    William Carey, attempted suicide; Newcastle bench.
    George Newman and Robert Johnson, attempting to steal; West Maitland bench.
    Edward Hilton, larceny; Newcastle bench.
    Henry Montgomery, unnatural offence; Newcastle bench.
    Robert White, assault with intent to commit a rape; Newcastle bench.
    Reuben Sully, indecent assault; Newcastle bench.

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The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Thu 22 Oct 1885 4

MAITLAND CIRCUIT COURT.
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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21.
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(Before his Honor Sir William Manning.)

    The court re-opened at 9.30.

BESTIALITY.

    Henry Montgomery was charged with having, on the 29th September, at Newcastle, unlawfully committed this abominable offence.

    Accused pleaded not guilty, and was undefended.

    The accused, according to the evidence, was caught by Ralph Kitson, a special constable and night watchman, in the act of committing the offence on a male dog, in the yard of Thomas Woodbine, Lower Church-street, Newcastle, about one o’clock in the morning of the 29th of last month. It was a bright moonlight night. The offence was not completed. When accosted, Montgomery, whose clothes were disarranged, said that he lived on the premises. Mr Woodbine was called out of his house, and questioned as to the truthfulness of accused’s statement. He gave the man in charge for being illegally on the premises. On the way to the lockup Kitson told Mr Woodbine that he had a more serious charge against the accused, and Mr Woodbine did not proceed with the other prosecution. There was no corroboration of the main facts. The dog was the property of Mr Woodbine, and accused was seen to enter the yard by Kitson, who followeh [sic] some little time afterwards.

    Accused emphatically denied the charge. He said that he simply went into the yard for a natural purpose.

    The jury, after seven minutes’ deliberation, found the accused not guilty, and he was discharged.

    The Court adjourned at ten minutes past six, till nine o’clock this (Thursday) morning.

 


1   Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate, Wed 30 Sep 1885, p. 2. Emphasis added.

2   Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate, Thu 1 Oct 1885, p. 5.

3   The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Thu 15 Oct 1885, p. 4. Emphasis added.

4   The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Thu 22 Oct 1885, p. 4.